Home Based Educational Programs

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

The Department provides a range of resources to schools to enable the delivery of a high quality program for all students.

In Victoria, education is compulsory for children aged between 6 and 17.  All students are expected to attend normal school hours every school day of each term.  In exceptional circumstances, however, the severity of a student’s disability in combination with the fragility of their health may prevent them from attending school for a period of time.

The Home-Based Educational Support Program provides supplementary assistance to schools providing home-based programs to students with severe disabilities and comorbid fragile health.  The program is available in exceptional circumstances where the student is unable to attend their enrolled school for an extended period of time due to the nature and impact of their disability and health needs.

The Home-Based Educational Support Program assists schools:

  •  in the provision of the educational program being provided for the student,
  •  to maintain ongoing relationships with enrolled students with severe disabilities and comorbid fragile health and their families; and
  •  to foster the student’s engagement with school and to plan and implement their transition back to school.

It is not the intention of this program to provide an alternative to school attendance, nor to replicate the full range of supports provided by schools to facilitate a student’s access and participation.  Provision of support through the Home-Based Educational Support Program is for a defined period of time, and is intended to support the student’s return to school. 

Home-Based Educational Programs must be developed by the Victorian government mainstream or specialist school in which the student is enrolled, in cooperation with the student’s parent/guardian/carer(s). 

Application Guidelines and Forms

The Home-Based Educational Support Program Application and Implementation Guidelines, Application Form, and Consent Form are available for schools at:

Home-Based Educational Support Program eduGate homepage


    The annual application period for the Home-Based Educational Support Program opens on 1 November and closes on 31 December.

    Applications received after 31 December will only be accepted for:

    •  students transferring from other schools systems, including interstate and overseas
    •  new prep students
    •  students with a seriously deteriorating medical condition.

    Further Information

    Information for parents about the Home-Based Educational Support Program is available for download:

    Home-Based Educational Support Program – Parent Information (docx - 1.45mb)